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DHUM 1390A - Introduction to Media and Design Theory

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Design and Media can both be approached as methods of knowledge, technologies of mediation, and practical tools that shape social relationships and are shaped by them in return. In this class, we will consider key thinkers and key debates for the field of Design and Media Theory. This class is a seminar: students are expected to engage in weekly readings and discussions in order to come away with a solid grounding in issues, concepts and terms for making sense of how the world in which we live is made. How do media and design shape our world, our bodies, our relationship to the world, to society and to ourselves ? This course will introduce students to some of the many responses media and design theorists have suggested over the years, and help them develop critical and analytical skills.


RICHARD, Claire (Formatrice)

Required reading

From Counterculture to Cyberculture : Steward Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism, Fred Turner, University of Chicago Press, 2006

Additional required reading

  • It's Complicated : the Social Lives of Networked Teens, danah boyd, Yale University Press, 2014
  • "Lo and Behold, Reveries of a Connected World", Werner Herzog
  • "In Limbo", interactive project by Antoine Viviani (at :
  • "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace", Adam Curtis